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January 2011Vol 2, Issue 5
SI Los Angeles NEWS 
Fellowship with a purpose!


calendarPresident Jeri sends her regards but is off on a cruise as we complete this Newsletter, so instead, we want to use this space to update the annual calendar and remind you about the meeting times and places for the balance of the year.  Mark your calendar while you're thinking of it!  



Wed. 2/2   6pm:   Program Meeting at McCormick & Schmick's

Wed. 2/16 6pm:   Prospective New Member Reception at Taix

Sat.   3/5              Saturday Day of Service (details to be announced)

Wed. 3/16 Noon: Program Meeting at Taix

Wed. 3/30 6pm:   Board Meeting

Wed. 4/6   6pm:   Business Meeting at McCormick & Schmick's

Sat.   4/16 11am  Women of Distinction Luncheon & Silent Auction at The Castaway

                                    Restaurant in Burbank.

Wed. 4/20 6pm:   Program Meeting at McCormick & Schmick's

Sat.   4/30 10-7pm: Tour of the Grammy Museum at LA Live (see below)

Fri-Sun 5/13-15:  Regional Spring Conference in Carlsbad

Wed. 5/18 Noon:  Program Meeting at Taix

Wed. 5/25 6pm:   Board Meeting

Wed. 6/1   6pm:   Business/Annual Meeting at McCormick & Schmick's

Wed  6/15 6pm:   Installation of Officers & Directors at McCormick & Schmick's

Sun-Thu 7/10-14:  SI International Convention in Montreal, Canada



Invitation to Prospective Members


Extend the gift of Soroptimism!  A reception for prospective new members will be held at Taix French Restaurant on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 6-8pm.  Recruitment chairs, Emily Dell and Sheila Tatum, have planned an informative and enjoyable evening including presentations about Soroptimist programs and activities, special guests and delicious refreshments.  Immediately identify at least two friends or colleagues that you think would make good Soroptimists, invite them today to the new member reception and give their names to Emily so that they will receive a formal invitation. And be sure to ask if they have a friend or colleague - perhaps even a daughter or new young professional contact - who might be interesting in attending and learning more about Soroptimists!
In This Issue
Invitation to Prospective Members
Come Explore the Grammy Museum
A Visiting Soroptimist Sister from Turkey
An Update from Our District 2 Director
Wendy Greuel is SILA's Ruby Award Winner
Member News-SILA Named as Beneficiary
Quick Links

2010-2011 Board
President:  Jeri Durham
1st VP (Programs): Ginger Cole
2nd VP (W&M):  Carole Oglesby
Secretary:  Joyce Jacob
Treasurer:  Janet Elliott
Directors 2009-11: Barbara Jury
             and Irene Recendez
Directors 2010-12: Karen Johnson                Dona Lawrie
Contact Information
For more information about SILA or this Newsletter, please contact:
President Jeri Durham at or 626-826-2224
Editor Janet Elliott at or 310-809-2438
Come Explore the Grammy Museum with SILA
The Grammy Museum"It has four floors of fascinating interactive exhibits about every type of music!" exclaimed Ginger Cole, VP Programs, when she suggested SILA members might enjoy buying group tickets at only $10 each and planning a day to explore The Grammy Museum.  The museum opened only 18 months ago at LA Live in Downtown LA and is open from 10am to 7pm daily.  We and our guests will have in-and-out privileges which will let us explore the exhibits at our leisure and leave to have lunch at one of the many surrounding restaurants and return to continue our exploration.  At our last meeting, members decided Saturday, April 30 would be a good day to go, but tickets must be purchased before January 24th, so contact Ginger immediately at if you are interested in joining us.
A Visiting Soroptimist Sister from Turkey
Guzin from TurkeyWe were honored to welcome Guzin Advan, a Soroptimist from Karsiyaka Club of Izmir, Turkey, at our meeting on January 19th.  Guzin has been a Soroptimist for 5 years and is secretary of her club which was established in 1989 and has 32 members. The first club in Turkey was established in 1949.  Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and has six Soroptimist clubs.  Guzin has a real estate office in Izmir, a 21 year old daughter who lives with her, and a 25 year old son who has lived in the United States for the past seven years, first as an exchange student, then graduating from Cal State Chico and now living and working in Santa Monica.  Guzin has come to visit him every year.

Guzin presented a interesting overview of goals and projects of Soroptimists in Turkey and gave the club a box of delicious Turkish candy.  We were delighted to have her join us and remind us of our international connection with Soroptimists around the world.    
An Update from Our District 2 Director
Ana Marie and Pres JeriThe guest speaker at our meeting on Wednesday, January 19th was Ana Marie LeNoue, our new District 2 Director from Camino Real Region.  A member of the SI Montebello club for 15 years - and president for six of those years! - Ana Marie is new to the Region Board and delighted to be able to visit the clubs within her district to share ideas from SIA and the Region and to learn about club activities.

Ana Marie presented an overview of the SIA 2009-2010 Program Impact Report which is available on the SIA website.  The report gives a lot of impressive statistics about the impact of our Federation, Soroptimist International of the Americas.  For example, more than $2 million was distributed through federation programs helping more than 10,000 women and girls live their dreams of a better life.  For SIA's signature program, Women's Opportunity Awards, in 2009-2010, for the 6th year in a row, almost $1.5 million was disbursed in club, region and federation funds.  In 2009-10, 1,033 clubs gave awards for a combined total 1,201 women.  Federation participation remained steady at 74%, the same as 2008-2009, including 14 Soroptimist regions who achieved 100% participation - which includes our region, Camino Real!  All 14 regions received a laptop computer for their 1st place region level award recipient donated by tax-preparing firm Jackson-Hewitt.

Ana Marie reminded everyone there's a lot of information about Soroptimists on the federation website at
Wendy Greuel is SILA's Ruby Award Winner
Ruby Award

Carole Oglesby, Chair of this year's Women of Distinction Luncheon, is pleased to announce this year's Soroptimist Ruby Award Winner for SILA is Los Angeles City Controller Wendy GreuelMs. Greuel will be one of severalWendy Greuel outstanding women honored at the luncheon on Saturday, April 16, 2011 the the beautiful Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. Other honorees will include the winners of the Women's Opportunity Award, Violet Richardson Award and SILA's Graduate Student Fellowship Award.

Ms. Greuel has been a long-time champion of local programs to improve the lives of women and girls and as City Controller, is currently the public watchdog at City Hall working to ensure the fiscal health of the City and guard against fraud, waste and abuse.
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us at this outstanding event, including an exciting silect auction, luncheon, and program honoring some truly outstanding women of Los Angeles.
Member News - SILA Named as Beneficiary

Leslie Mulford
SILA Retired Member, Leslie Mulford, visited her husband Bob's family in Torrance over the holidays. Known as Leslie Nelman when she was active in SILA, Leslie retired as an investment manager to become a professional translator in German, but is now concentrating on her love of singing with several groups in Monterey, where she and Bob live. Leslie wanted members to know that she has named SILA as a beneficiary in her will.  How many other members can say they've thought to be so generous to support Soroptimist after they're gone?  Thank you, Leslie!